Archive: Tue Jan 2013

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    Story Problem or Problem Story?

    Tonight, the Buncombe County Commissioners were thrilled with the $350,000 they were going to give to Reich, LLC. The state, through the One North Carolina Fund, was going to donate another $350,000. Knowing anybody lame enough to watch a county commissioners’ meeting probably had no mathematical aptitude, or even a…
    Leslee Kulba, January 15, 2013
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    And Then There Were Seven

    The courts have decided to let Ellen Frost have the seventh seat on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. As of this writing, the newspapers didn’t know to what extent challenger Christina Kelley G. Merrill would continue to appeal. Frost was sworn in right after the commissioners’ open meeting…
    Leslee Kulba, January 15, 2013
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    Unemployment insurance

    JLF head John Hood’s column Monday was on unemployment insurance, and how higher UI benefits affect unemployment rates. A sample: Here in North Carolina, the debate about proposed changes to the unemployment-insurance system have prompted left-wing analysts to ridicule the notion that the amount and duration of UI benefits…
    Michael Lowrey, January 15, 2013
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    Meanwhile in Kannapolis

    Little apparent payoff from the North Carolina Research Campus, on which the UNC system is spending $23 million a year. As Duke Cheston reports: To date, though, the taxpayers have seen little return on their investment. Starting a biotechnology hub from scratch entails much financial risk with no…
    Michael Lowrey, January 15, 2013
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    Why a US Airways/American Airlines merger isn’t necessarily good for Charlotte

    It’s really pretty simple. US Airways doesn’t currently generate the kind of revenues American, Delta, or United do. It compensates for that by having lower costs, particularly lower labor costs. A merger pushes US Airways’ portion of a newly combined operation to American Airlines’ much higher labor costs. You don’t…
    Michael Lowrey, January 15, 2013
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    Re: Football incentives

    Julie, what went down last night in Charlotte is far worse than you ever imagined. Charlotte City Council voted in secret to give the Carolina Panthers $125 million towards stadium upgrades. To do this, they decided to double the city’s (county’s?) prepared food tax, again via a vote in…
    Michael Lowrey, January 15, 2013
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    Charlotte City Council votes in secret to raise taxes

    More details have come out about what city council did last night. It didn’t just listen to a proposal from the Carolina Panthers about public funding for improvements at the team’s privately-owned stadium. No, it went much further than that. The Charlotte Observer is now reporting that city council…
    Michael Lowrey, January 15, 2013
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    Why guns in the home are a good thing

    Here are several cases of law-abiding citizens using the Second Amendment’s right of self-protection to protect their homes and loved ones. Most liberals ridicule the notion that you need a gun in your home, saying you’re more likely to shoot yourself or a family member. But don’t tell these women…
    Locker Room contributor, January 15, 2013